I’ve got an ambitious plan to make up for lost time with my menu this week, including trying to use veggies that have been languishing in the crisper for several weeks now. (Looking at you, cabbage!)
Some old favorites:
And some new ideas:
- Plum cake (I’ll probably freeze this for later)
I’m also going to see if the cayennes ripen to red on the counter, then dehydrate and crush them to make homemade red pepper flakes!
As expected, a week of travel meant that I did not do much cooking this week. Here’s what I was able to make.
Chicken and sausage gumbo with okra and peppers
Vietnamese noodle salad (inspired by this recipe, but with peanut tempeh instead of chicken)
The unattractive but delicious fruit platz with plums.
Here’s the before and after of the jalapeños I pickled
The gloves are key to protect your hands from any residual burning! I’ll clean out seeds from the top rings of the pepper closest to the stem, but leave the ones shown here pretty much as-is.
The entire bag I got made one very full quart jar. I heat the brine from this recipe to dissolve the salt and pour it over the peppers.
Another week where I won’t be able to do much in the way of cooking, so this will be a very short list. Hopefully the squash will keep until next weekend when I can figure out how to best use them!
I also pickled the radishes and dried the grape tomatoes in the dehydrator this weekend. The tomatoes will either be diced and frozen or turned into sauce, I haven’t yet decided.
Back row from left: Yellow Tomatoes, Centercut Squash, Yellow Peaches, Plums, Green Okra
Front from left: Slicing Cucumbers, Red Radishes, Red Grape Tomatoes, Green Leaf Lettuce, Little Sweetie Cantaloupe, Escamillo Peppers
(True story, when I was lifting my basket out of the shopping cart while leaving the store after my pick up this week, a peach fell out of my basket, bounced down a stair, and rolled down the sidewalk, stopping just short of 6 lanes of traffic. You definitely know I walked down there, dusted it off, and took it on home with me. I washed it, peeled it, cut out the bruised part and I plan to eat it over cottage cheese for breakfast tomorrow! No peach left behind! 🙈)
If I could rename this blog, I would call it “Salad Season” because each May we laugh about how much lettuce we seem to get, saying it’s to prepare our bodies for lounging beside swimming pools and on beaches. Somehow, the sudden bounty of leafy greens doesn’t have much effect on my physique, but it’s still nice to be eating lighter as the weather gets warmer, at least, most days.
Here are some of the things I’m planning to make this week.
- Tandoori chicken bake (I shred an entire zucchini or squash to make this casserole that is loaded with hidden vegetables!)
- Salad with goat cheese, quinoa, and roasted beets
- Pasta with Sausage and Dandelion Greens (adapted from this recipe, substituting hot Italian sausage for sweet, and dandelion greens for the chard)
I’m trying to put that lettuce to use in lots of salad recipes this week. We typically take leftovers as lunch, so it really works out to salad every day. I won’t wish this time of year away, though, because after Salad Season comes Summer Squash Overload, and it will be here before we know it.
Back row: Lacinato Kale, two Green Zucchini, Red Radishes, Green Leaf Lettuce
Front row: White Kohlrabi, Strawberries, Garlic Scapes, Mini Greenhouse Cucumbers
This week’s basket may make some of even the most ardent veggie lovers wrinkle up their noses, but I think you may be pleasantly surprised by some of the recipes I’ll post. Stay tuned!
Green Leaf Lettuce, Red Leaf Lettuce, Cabbage, White Cauliflower
Kiwiberries, Golden Delicious Apples, French Breakfast Radishes, Broccoli, Red Potatoes